Saturday, October 25, 2014

LUKE EVANS, ARMIE HAMMER, CILLIAN MURPHY, OLIVIA WILDE IN 'FREE FIRE'! SAM CLAFLIN, LILY JAMES FOR WW2 'THEIR FINEST HOUR AND A HALF'! 1ST PHOTOS FROM 'DAD'S ARMY' COMEDY REMAKE WITH CATHERINE ZETA JONES, BILL NIGHY, MICHAEL GAMBON, TOBY JONES!

THEIR FINEST HOUR AND A HALF
SAM CLAFLIN AND LILY JAMES FOR WORLD WAR TWO DRAMA
We're all World War 2 today, people, starting with the news on THEIR FINEST HOUR AND A HALF BBC Films project which is currently eyeing Sam Claflin and Lily James for the lead roles! The Lone Scherfig helmed big screen adaptation of Lissa Evans novel will revolve around a British movie crew who try to boost people's morale after the infamous London Blitz devastated the area during World War II.

DID YOU KNOW?
Sam Claflin is currently one of the most sought after young actors awaiting the premieres of THE RIOT CLUB, HUNGER GAMES and LOVE, ROSIE, with Lily Collins, while Lily James is Kenneth Branagh's CINDERELLA next to Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter, and also the female lead in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES!

FIRST 'DAD'S ARMY' PHOTOS
WITH CATHERINE ZETA JONES, MICHAEL GAMBON & BILL NIGHY
Only a few weeks ago I announced the work on the remake of British 70's sitcom DAD'S ARMY and now, with the movie production already under way, we have the first photos with the stellar cast which includes   Catherine Zeta Jones, Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon and Toby Jones! The hilarious comedy follows a provincial British Home Guard in 1944 as they ready themselves to invade France at the height of   World War II. As they spend their days, mostly doing nothing productive, their laziness is interrupted by the arrival of the sassy and mysterious female journalist into their town!

'FREE FIRE' FINDS STELLAR CAST
 LUKE EVANS, OLIVIA WILDE, ARMIE HAMMER, CILLIAN MURPHY
Speaking of fights and the 70s, you will see those in Ben Wheatley's FREE FIRE movie which has rounded up a rather stellar cast lead by currently the biggest epic star Luke Evans (DRACULA UNTOLD, HOBBIT, CROW) alongside Olivia Wilde, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy! The story is set in 1978 Boston, following a woman named Justine (Olivia Wilde) who has set up a meeting between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley) and a gang lead by Luke Evans and Armie Hammer for an arms deal. When shots are fired before the deal is made, the meeting turns into a deadly game of survival.
Ben Wheatley is currently finishing another 70's movie HIGH RISE which also stars Luke Evans next to a starstudded ensemble cast including Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons and James Purefoy!

WW2 'SUITE FRANCAISE' DRAMA TRAILER WITH MICHELLE WILLIAMS, MATTHIAS SCHOENAERTS, KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS, SAM RILEY! HILARIOUS 'PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR' CHARACTER POSTERS!

CHARACTER POSTERS FOR
PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR
Forget about the superheroes! The only ones who can save us from the impending doom are the Penguins! They're skilled, they're ready for it and they even have their own character posters for THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR movie which arrives into theatres this November in USA and December in UK! Check out the hilarious clip below too to see the penguins when they were courageous and fearless babies!
SUPER SPY TEAM IS HATCHED!
Super spy teams aren't born... they're hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then... you know). Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, from destroying the world as we know it. John Malkovich, Benedict Cumberbatch and Peter Stormare are among the voice cast!


'SUITE FRANCAISE' TRAILER
MICHELLE WILLIAMS IN A FORBIDDEN LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE ENEMY
Sometime ago I showed you the first pictures from WW2 drama SUITE FRANCAISE and now you can finally see the first trailer too! Starring Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts, Lambert Wilson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Riley and Margot Robbie, the adaptation of Irène Némirovsky novel is set in 1940s France! It follows Lucile Angellier who awaits news from her husband, a prisoner of war whilst leading a stifled existence with her domineering mother-in-law. When Parisian refugees pour into their small town, soon followed by a regiment of German soldiers who take up residence in the villagers' homes, Lucile’s life is turned upside down. In the Angellier  home, Lucile initially tries to ignore Bruno, the handsome and refined German officer who has been posted to live with them. But soon, a powerful love draws them together and traps them in the tragedy of war.

Friday, October 24, 2014

'THE PASSING BELLS' TRAILER FOR BBC WW1 SERIES! AMAZING 'EW' 'INTO THE WOODS' COVERS WITH MERYL STREEP, EMILY BLUNT, CHRIS PINE, JOHNNY DEPP! 'AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON' TRAILER!

'THE PASSING BELLS' TRAILER
FOR BBC'S NEW WW1 TV SERIES
In their programme of marking the 100 years from the beginning of WW1, BBC has released the first trailer for their new mini series THE PASSING BELLS which will air later this year in 5 half hour episodes. This epic drama set during World War One is told through the eyes of two very ordinary young men (Paddy Gibson and Jack Lowden)  who enlist in a war they expect will be over within months. They grow up amid the horrors of the battlefield, lose friends, and find love. The story looks at all aspects of the war – from the families left behind to the strategic decisions by politicians and generals that led to unimaginable bloodshed and the tragedy of the trenches.


EW 'INTO THE WOODS' COVERS
WITH MERYL STREEP, EMILY BLUNT, CHRIS PINE, JOHNNY DEPP
If you follow our Twitter and Facebook accounts you already saw these yesterday, but here are gorgeous news 'Entertainment Weekly' covers featuring the cast of INTO THE WOODS movie musical in their colourful costumes: Emily Blunt and James Corden as the baker  and his wife who venture INTO THE WOODS in order to break an evil witch's (Meryl Streep) curse and during their adventure they meet all kinds of fairy tale characters including Cinderella's (Anna Kendrick) Prince Charming (Chris Pine) and Big Bad Wolf (Johnny Depp)! Directed by Rob Marshall (CHICAGO, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA) the musical adventure arrives into cinemas this Christmas!


AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
THE FIRST TRAILER IS HERE!
And I expect that by now, you've already seen the long awaited superhero trailer AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON which was released earlier today!  Hitting cinemas next May, the movie will see Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Quicksilver (Aaron Johnson), Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron (James Spader) emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

DISNEY LOSES 'JOHN CARTER' RIGHTS, SF SAGA TO CONTINUE AT NEW STUDIO! MAX BROWN, MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG JOIN 'SLEEPY HOLLOW'! ENID BLYTON'S 'MAGIC FARAWAY TREE' TO GET MOVIE ADAPTATION! 'HOBBIT BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES' FINAL POSTER

'JOHN CARTER' TO CONTINUE
AS FANTASY MOVIE FRANCHISE WITHOUT DISNEY
Now, if you ask me, Disney's space opera movie JOHN CARTER was a solid film, visually stunning, with outstanding cast (Samantha Morton, Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church, Mark Strong, Ciarán Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy), great lead stars (Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins), brilliant world building and sweeping story, but the lack of marketing lead to its fall at the US boxoffice, although it did well worldwide. The latest update is that Disney has just lost rights on Edgar Rice Burroughs' hero from Mars and now Edgar Rice Burrough's Inc., which controls numerous trademarks and the rights to all literary works of the author, is seeking a new studio in order to continue shooting movies about the legendary hero who finds himself amidst the warring alien fractions over at Mars where he also falls in love with Deja Thoris, the gorgeous princess!

'SLEEPY HOLLOW' CASTS
MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG AND MAX BROWN  
In today's TV news, (beside THE FLASH being ordered for full season at CW, and SyFy ordering the second season of Z NATION) SLEEPY HOLLOW has new cast additions: Max Brown (who was supposed to play the lead role in Ancient Egypt series HIEROGLYPH)  will play a powerful and mysterious new ally known, at first, only as Orion - a charismatic soldier who possesses a game changing weapon! Michelle Trachtenberg will play founding mother Abigail Adams (wife of John Adams, America's second president)! The series follows Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) who time travels to modern times in order to fight the headless rider!
'BROTHER HOOD' SITCOM
Comedy Central has commissioned new sitcom BROTHERHOOD which follows twenty somethings Dan and Toby who become surrogate parents to little brother Jamie after their mother passes away. Dan is a sarcastic joker, Toby is a naive sweetheart with an eye for the ladies, and Jamie hasn’t said a word in six months.
THE HOBBIT THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES FINAL POSTER!

'MAGIC FARAWAY TREE'
 IS GETTING MOVIE ADAPTATION!
Meanwhile, Oscar winner Sam Mendes will turn Enid Blyton's classic bestseller MAGIC FARAWAY TREE into a live action movie! The series of fantasy children novels, written during and after  WW2,  follows a group of children (Moonface, Saucepan Man, Dame Washalot and Silky the fairy) and their adventures at the top of an enchanted tree.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MERYL STREEP, HUGH GRANT IN STEPHEN FREAR'S 'FLORENCE'! GORGEOUS POSTER, FIRST PHOTOS AND TRAILER FOR 'THE RED TENT' HISTORICAL MINI SERIES WITH REBECCA FERGUSON, MINNIE DRIVER, MORENA BACCARIN

MERYL STREEP IS THE WORST
OPERA SINGER ON EARTH IN 'FLORENCE' WITH HUGH GRANT
Here's an upcoming project that will put a smile on your face: Meryl Streep will play the lead role in Stephen Frears new movie FLORENCE, the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress and socialite who wanted a career as a great opera singer, but who lacked any real ability. While Meryl Streep will play the title role, Hugh Grant will play her partner and manager St Clair Bayfield, an aristocratic English actor who was determined to protect Florence from the truth that while the voice she heard in her head was beautiful, to everyone else it was hilariously awful. Frears' previous movie was PHILOMENA with Judi Dench! According to 'Daily Mail' the movie will tell her story through to her 1944 Carnegie Hall concert which sold some 3,000 tickets, but she died a month later.


'THE RED TENT' EPIC SERIES
1ST POSTER & TRAILER WITH REBECCA FERGUSON, MINNIE DRIVER, MORENA BACCARIN
Gorgeous first poster along with first pictures and a trailer (sadly, only for US viewers for now) has been released for Lifetime's new historical mini series THE RED TENT which will air as a two night event on December 7th and 8th! With WHITE QUEEN's Rebecca Ferguson in the lead role, the series also includes Morena Baccarin, Minnie Driver, Debra Winger, Iain Glen, Will Tudor

The adaptation of Anita Diamant's novel follows Dinah. In the Bible her life is only hinted at during a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters about her father, Jacob, and his dozens of sons in the Book of Genesis. Told through Dinah's eloquent voice, this sweeping story reveals the traditions and turmoil of ancient womanhood. Dinah's tale begins with the story of her mothers: Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah, the four wives of Jacob. They love Dinah and give her gifts that are to sustain her through a hard-working youth, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land. Dinah tells us of the world of the red tent, the place where women were sequestered during their cycles of birthing, menses, and illness; of her initiations into the religious and sexual practices of her tribe; of Jacob's courtship with his four wives; of the mystery and wonder of caravans, farmers, shepherds, and slaves; of love and death in the city of Shechem; and of her half-brother Joseph's rise in Egypt.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SEAN BEAN TO TOPLINE 'THE FRANKENSTEIN CHRONICLES' TV SERIES! CLOTHES OF IN 'STRIP OR TREAT' 'BABY DADDY' HALLOWEEN SPECIAL! JAMES DENTON JOINS CATHERINE BELL IN 'GOOD WITCH' TV SHOW! ABC'S 'BOOKCLUB' SITCOM

SEAN BEAN TO TOPLINE
THE FRANKENSTEIN CHRONICLES' TELEVISION SERIES
Still a very slow period in movie news business, people, so we're sticking to the small screens, starting with an interesting info coming over from the United Kingdom, where their ITV Encore will produce a television series on infamous monster Frankenstein. Titled THE FRANKENSTEIN CHRONICLES, this modern reworking of Mary Shelley's 19th century horror story will see Sean Bean play John Marlott, a detective who must battle a creature born of dark science in six one hour episodes! Meanwhile, a number of Frankenstein movies is coming to the big screens, including the one in which James McAvoy is Dr. Frankenstein with Daniel Radcliffe as his hunchback butler Igor!

ABC ORDERS
'BOOKCLUB' TV COMEDY 
In sitcom news, ABC has bought BOOKCLUB comedy series from Eva Longoria and Universal! In the vein of 'Bridesmaids' and 'The Hangover', BOOKCLUB revolves around four female friends who escape the pressures and responsibilities of adult life by pretending to be in a book club.
JAMES DENTON IN 'THE GOOD WITCH'
Another series for my ladies, THE GOOD WITCH, which is in production over at Hallmark, has just cast James Denton! The ten episode show will see Catherine Bell playing the raven haired enchantress Cassie Nightingale. Denton will play Cassie Nightingale’s new nextdoor neighbour, a divorced doctor and single dad who stirs things up in Middleton when he discovers Cassie’s signature charm is more than just a magic touch.

'BABY DADDY'S HALLOWEEN
SPECIAL 'STRIP OR TREAT'
Don't forget to check out the delightful trailer for one of TV's most charming comedy series BABY DADDY's special Halloween episode which airs this Wednesday at ABC Family!  In "Strip or Treat" - Ben (Jean Luc Bilodeau), Danny (Derek Theler) and Tucker (Tahj Mowry) are looking forward to attending the biggest Halloween celebration in the city, despite the fact that Bonnie (Melissa Peterman) thinks they should take baby Emma trick-or-treating instead. When their plans fall through, they decide to crash the party Riley (Chelsea Kane) was talking about, not knowing it’s actually a bachelorette party. But when the guys are mistaken for the strippers, Ben makes a big mistake that results in them being carted off to jail. Meanwhile, Bonnie’s date with Javier goes horribly wrong and she lands in jail alongside Ben, Danny and Tucker. Will Riley be able to work her lawyer magic and bail her friends out of this mess, or will everyone get what they deserve?

Monday, October 20, 2014

NOVEMBER 2014 SMALL FILMS: 'WOLVES' WITH LUCAS TILL, JASON MOMOA, 'ALL RELATIVE' COMEDY WITH JONATHAN SADOWSKI, CONNIE NIELSEN, 'WORST FRIENDS' WITH RICHARD TANNE, NOAH BARROW

HERE COME THE 'WOLVES'
LUCAS TILL AND JASON MOMOA
Three small films coming out this November for you today, and in the spirit of the upcoming Halloween we shall start our spotlight with a rather fun horror movie WOLVES which will bring fury howls to the theatres November 14th! Starring X MEN's Lucas Till and our brand new Aquaman Jason Momoa, the movie follows popular high school student Cayden Richards who wakes from a horrific nightmare, only to realize that he’s living it! He is changing into something vicious, unpredictable and wild. Forced to hit the road after the brutal murder of his parents, Cayden tries to hunt down the truth of what he is. In the remote, mountain town of Lupine Ridge, he discovers others like him Including the beautiful Angelina, a young woman caught between two ancient clans of “wolves”.


'ALL RELATIVE' COMEDY
CONNIE NIELSEN, JON SADOWSKI
If you're more in the mood for a comedy, ALL RELATIVE comes out November 21st!  When Harry (Jonathan Sadowski), a graduate student in New York City, meets Grace, he immediately falls for her. With the help of some dating tips from a seductive divorcee, Harry successfully courts Grace. But when he's introduced to her parents, a shared secret turns his world into a living nightmare. Forced to survive a weekend riddled with tension and socially awkward moments, the bonds of both couples are tested to their breaking point.

WITH 'WORST FRIENDS' LIKE
 THESE, WHO NEEDS ENEMIES?
A mix of comedy and drama will be seen from November 4th in WORST FRIENDS, the story of two childhood friends who are forced to re-think their friendship as adults. When Jake (Richard Tanne) is injured in a car accident, the only person willing to take care of him is his childhood friend Sam (Noah Barrow). With the aid of a tough-as-nails physical therapist (Cody Horn), Sam helps Jake recuperate, but when Sam's high school crush (Kristen Connolly) enters the picture, old habits and bitter rivalries resurface, threatening to tear their friendship apart.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

TIM BURTON'S 'BIG EYES' POSTER WITH AMY ADAMS & CHRISTOPH WALTZ! NBC TO PRODUCE SITCOMS WITH ARMIE HAMMER, AMY POEHLER AND ROB LOWE, AND 'MARLEY AND ME' TV COMEDY

NEW SITCOMS AT NBC
'MARLEY AND ME' AND  ARMIE HAMMER INSPIRED TV COMEDIES
It's a very slow movie news day, so I only have some TV updates for you, starting with some new NBC sitcoms info: first, they're planning to turn MARLEY & ME movie into TV comedy, which would follow a young couple who takes in a stray dog who soon turns out to be a real canine mischief! Beside that, NBC will also produce a sitcom based on Armie Hammer's life experiences which would follow a guy whose world is rocked when he finds out his parents have been secretly “seeing” his ex-girlfriend for three years since he broke up with her, and the highly unlikely friendship he forms with his ex’s fiancée. In real life, Armie didn't know that a sweet older couple his wife was friends with were the parents of her ex boyfriend film producer Gordon Gray (who will produce the sitcom with Armie). 

ROB LOWE AND AMY POEHLER SITCOMS
Another untitled comedy at NBC will also be Amy Poehler produced sitcom about a young, agnostic woman who inherits a church and the crew of strong willed characters who make up her new community. Meanwhile, Rob Lowe will topline an NBC sitcom about a newly sober narcissist whose decision to be a good parent doesn’t come until his kids are teens when he returns to his hometown to issue mea culpas to his son and daughter, as well as to his ex-wife and her new family.

NEW 'BIG EYES' POSTER WITH
AMY ADAMS & CHRISTOPH WALTZ
The Weinstein Company has released the first poster for Tim Burton's BIG EYES which comes out this Christmas starring Christoph Waltz as infamous painter Walter Keane who was known for his paintings with big eyes and for the commercialization of popular art, but who had a dark secret - all his work actually wasn't his but his wife's (Amy Adams)! He became worldwide famous taking credit for her paintings!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

TOM HARDY, WILL SMITH AND MARGOT ROBBIE FOR LEAD ROLES IN DC COMIC'S 'SUICIDE SQUAD' SUPERVILLAINS MOVIE! 'ALLIES' WW2 EPIC MOVIE TRAILER AND POSTER

'SUICIDE SQUAD'
WILL SMITH, TOM HARDY, MARGOT ROBBIE FOR THE LEAD ROLES?
One of the hottest movie news items today and yesterday is Warner Bros.' announcement that they will turn DC Comic's SUICIDE SQUAD comic book into a movie which will appear in cinemas in 2016! To be directed by David Ayer (whose FURY with Brad Pitt is currently in cinemas), the superhero movie would revolve around a group of super villains who are brought together to tackle high-risk black ops missions for the government.
SEVEN VILLAINS  
According to rumours from Hollywood Tom Hardy and Will Smith are close to signing and will play some of the villains, while Margot Robbie is the lead contender for a female role! The story will focus on seven villains: Blockbuster, Multiplex, Jaculi, Mindboggler, Captain Boomerang, Vixen and Deadshot.

'ALLIES' POSTER & TRAILER
 UNITED THEY STAND!
And you can also check out the poster and trailer for British action war drama ALLIES which hits DVD market next month! August 1944. A team of British soldiers led by a US Captain are dropped behind enemy. lines in France on a mission that could shorten the war! As nothing goes according to plan, commando Sergeant Harry McBain (Chris Reilly) and Captain Gabriel Jackson (Julian Ovenden) know they must put aside personal animosity if the mission is to succeed. Inspired by true events, Allies tells the story of friendship and survival.

Friday, October 17, 2014

'IN THE HEART OF THE SEA' EPIC TRAILER WITH CHRIS HEMSWORTH, CILLIAN MURPHY, BEN WHISHAW! GAL GADOT JOINS JACK HUSTON IN 'BEN HUR'! 'DARK MATTER' SF SHOW, JAMIE BAMBER IN CW'S 'MESSENGERS'

'BEN HUR' REMAKE GETS
GAL GADOT AND PEDRO PASCAL?
We did lose interest a bit in the new remake of famous epic spectacle BEN HUR after Tom Hiddleston didn't get the lead role which went to relatively unknown Jack Huston, but maybe you didn't, so here's an update: GAME OF THRONE's Pedro Pascal has entered talks to play Pontius Pilate the prefect of Judea who orders the crucifixion of Jesus, while WONDER WOMAN Gal Gadot is negotiating around the lead female role of slave Esther who is in love with Ben Hur! We already know that Toby Kebbell will ad to the low profile cast by playing Ben Hur's frenemy Messalla, while Morgan Freeman will teach BEN HUR how to drive chariots! Scheduled for February 2016 the movie is helmed by famous Russian moviemaker Timur Bekmbambetov. 

JAMIE BAMBER JOINS
CW'S 'THE MESSENGERS'
In sf news from the TV front, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA's superhunk Jamie Bamber has joined CW's upcoming supernatural series THE MESSENGERS about five strangers affected when a mysterious object hits Earth. After collapsing, all five individuals come back to life just hours later with inexplicable powers, including strength and the power to heal. But once things begin to become more clear, those affected realize that they might be Earth’s only hope for stopping the Rapture … or perhaps, they’re causing it.
'DARK MATTER' SF SERIES
SyFy will produce DARK MATTER sf series from STARGATE scribes centring on the crew of a derelict spaceship who is awakened from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage charged with vengeance, betrayal and hidden secrets.

IN THE HEART OF SEA TRAILER
WITH CHRIS HEMSWORTH, CILLIAN MURPHY AND BEN WHISHAW
An epic trailer comes to us today for Ron Howard's new sea adventure IN THE HEART OF THE SEA which sails into cinemas next March starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Tom Holland and Benjamin Walker! In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story.  IN THE HEART OF THE SEA reveals the encounter's harrowing aftermath, as the ship's surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive.  Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.